Annabel gets the chop to help out children’s cancer charity

Annabel Ivens, 13, from Glapthorn donated 16 inches of her hair to the Little Princess Trust

Annabel Ivens, 13, from Glapthorn donated 16 inches of her hair to the Little Princess Trust

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A Glapthorn teenager has shed her locks to help poorly children.

Thirteen-year-old Annabel Ivens had 16 inches cut from her below-the-shoulder hair to take on a new pixie-look and raise over £500 for the Little Princess Trust.

Annabel Ivens, 13, from Glapthorn donated 16 inches of her hair to the Little Princess Trust

Annabel Ivens, 13, from Glapthorn donated 16 inches of her hair to the Little Princess Trust

Annabel’s hair has been donated to the Trust, which provides real hair wigs for children in the UK and Ireland who have lost their own hair as a result of cancer treatment.

The Oundle and King’s Cliffe Middle School pupil is delighted with her new look, which was created free-of-charge at The Cutting Company salon in Stamford.

She said: “I’d had long hair since I was little and thought it would be nice to have a change. I researched the pixie cut and thought there was no point in wasting my hair when I had it done, so I decided to help The Little Princess Trust.

“As a girl always having long hair I realise how awful it must be to lose your hair, so that’s why I wanted to do something for the Trust.

“In addition to hair for the wigs, fundraising is really important, too, because the Trust has to pay around £350 for each special wig it supplies.

“I spoke to my schoolmates at a year group assembly and set up a JustGiving page, hoping to raise £350 – but I’ve had so much support I’ve reached £550 and money is still coming in. I’m really happy with my new style and quite proud that I’ve raised a lot more than my target.”